Bloody Nuevo León and Acapulco

The state of Nuevo León became the new epicenter of violence after gangsters blocked major highways in and near Monterrey using hijacked vehicles. According to state Security Secretary Luis Carlos Treviño Berchelmann, the blockades were an attempt to prevent federal troop movements. One confrontation between gangs and the army on the campus of Monterrey Tec, one of Mexico’s premier universities, resulted in the deaths of two students. Nuevo León governor Rodrigo Medina sacked 81 state police officers the day after the federal Government Ministry accused police of passing tips on military movements to the gangs. The previous weekend, Acapulco captured the headlines with 32 killings, including six policemen and four decapitated victims. According to Reforma’s tally, there were 251 gang-related killings last week and 2,188 deaths year to date, 55% higher than last year’s record pace. (Universal 3/16, 3/21, 3/21, Reforma 3/19, 3/21)

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